The new analysis of records led by the Wildlife Trusts revealed a decline of 30% in the areas where water voles
live from 2006 to 2015.
GWT's Water Vole
Project officer Lowri Watkins said: "Water voles
on the Gwent Levels are bucking the UK trend and appear to be doing really well - with sightings up to 10km away.
Kingfishers, for example, often use water vole
excavations for nests.
do not hibernate and are active throughout the year, mostly at dawn and dusk.
Though mice, rats or any other rodent hate alcohol, prairie voles
can out drink most of us.
Prevalence greatly varied between samplings (range 0%-33%) and was strongly related to vole
abundance (generalized linear model, [chi square] = 21.
The Restoring Ratty project has set out to return the animals to the area after a 30-year absence, with a further 350 water voles
due to be released in August.
Alice Rees, conservation officer at Gwent Wildlife Trust, has been leading the water vole
reintroduction project since 2014.
Therefore, we were undertaking our survey for new sites with rock voles
(1982-2001) while rock vole
populations were detectable where they were known to occur based on our prior and contemporary field work on them in northeastern Minnesota.
Moles and their lesser-known co-conspirators, voles
, share several characteristics.
Reasons for low capture success are unclear but were likely influenced by low vole
densities in the artichoke fields.
numbers have declined to worrying levels in England due to habitat loss and the introduction of American Mink - a species not native to the UK and a voracious water vole
Their names may sound similar, but voles
and mole rats are very different.
Key words: Arborimus albipes, Arborimus longicaudus, Arceuthobium, Clatsop State Forest, Coast Ranges, dwarf mistletoe, line transect surveys, Oregon, Red Tree Vole
, Tillamook Burn, Tillamook State Forest, White-footed Vole
The pine vole
looks like a mouse, lives underground close to the surface where they feed on bulbs, tubers, seeds, vegetable garden plants and the bark (roots included) of all woody plants.